Final rush with tense tones for the Capitol. Enrico Michetti and Roberto Gualtieri are playing the last cards before the electoral silence that will lead straight to the polls on Sunday and Monday. And so, they are sparks at the latest TV confrontation: the center-right candidate points the finger at the “extremists” of the “social centers” on the opponent’s lists; the aspiring mayor of the center-left brings up the exponents of “CasaPound” in those of the ‘tribune’. In the second round the big challenge for both will be chasing the votes that went to Carlo Calenda and Virginia Raggi in the first round.
Michetti, who in recent days has reserved significant words of appreciation. Gualtieri, after having collected the personal endorsements of Calenda and the leader of the Movement, brings Gaetano Manfredi, the newly elected mayor of Naples, to the stage in Piazza del Popolo – where he closes his electoral campaign, but above all a symbol of the success of the Giallorossi axis. Divided over everything, from waste to civil rights to the mandatory green pass in the workplace, the two suitors to the Capitol, on the eve of the electoral silence, find themselves united in condemning the shock sentence that appeared before Michetti’s committee: ” Fascist, remember piazzale Loreto “.
Words that arouse bipartisan indignation, but which inevitably raise the tone: “The very heavy death threats to Michetti are only the latest act of a shameful and unworthy campaign of hatred against the center-right”, thunders the leader of FdI Giorgia Meloni for the which “the game is open, not only in Rome”.
The administrative lawyer closes in Campo de ‘Fiori with Meloni, his main sponsor, and in connection with Silvio Berlusconi, Matteo Salvini and Guido Bertolaso. “A professional lent to politics, a respectable man”, the Cav praises him, repeatedly launching an appeal to go and vote. “I have the feeling that we can overturn a result that on the left they already take for granted”, says the head of the League, branding the former holder of the Mef as “the system” and comparing the challenge to that of “David against Goliath” because against the center-right “they deployed everything, the newspapers, the tanks”. Dem leader Enrico Letta dubbed the adversary reactions as “an avalanche of victimization that frankly it is good for it to stop, because it is absolutely excessive victimization”.
But for Michetti the emphasis is necessary because “” today is like 1948: they thought they had won and then freedom won. “Gualtieri chooses a closure in the name of unity with Manfredi and governor Nicola Zingaretti at his side: “I will never be alone, we will lead this challenge together and we will change this city together”, he promises from the stage as he articulates the watchwords: ecology, work, development. Tomorrow he will be in Piazza San Giovanni – where instead there will be no his opponent – alongside the trade unions to contribute to “a united reaction” to last week’s assault on the CGIL headquarters: “With the Constitution in one hand and the Italian flag in the other”.